Cairo Car Crash Kills Elementary Student in Tragic Pedestrian Crash
CAIRO, GA- Wtxl.com writes that a child died in a tragic pedestrian accident in Cairo this week. The incident occurred when the six-year-old boy missed his school bus and was reportedly trying to walk back home. The police arrived at the site of a pedestrian incident, which occurred on Martin Luther King Boulevard SW and found that the child had died at the scene.*
It is not yet clear whether the boy was alone at the time of the crash, and police have not released information regarding what led up to the fatal incident. Reports indicate that the victim was a student at Eastside Elementary School.
Pedestrian crashes are all too common throughout the United States. While car manufacturers have managed to reduce the number of vehicle occupants killed in collisions, the number of pedestrians who die in tragic crashes continues to increase every year. By 2018, the numbers surpassed 6,000, indicating that more pedestrians are dying than at any time in the last three decades.
The rising pedestrian death toll happens at a time when manufacturers are managing to develop technology that prevents many types of vehicle wrecks. While new cars are better able to assist drivers in avoiding collisions with other vehicles and large objects, the technology is not sensitive enough to detect pedestrians and prevent drivers from striking the most vulnerable road users. Sadly, while manufacturers have been focused on designing better protection for people inside of vehicles, they have also been catering to a market that prefers larger cars, which are far more deadly for pedestrians. SUVs and other large vehicles tend to have a greater risk of killing people when they strike pedestrians.
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Sources:https://www.wtxl.com/news/local-news/police-young-child-killed-after-being-hit-by-car-in-cairo and https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/driver-assistance-technologies and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2019/10/aaa-warns-pedestrian-detection-systems-dont-work-when-needed-most/ and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/
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